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Wellington Coal Mine

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths.   They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.

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BC Archives GR-0431

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on Wednesday & ordered them out instant- -ly. I do not know how the four Chinamen who have been killed got into the mine. I cannot sug- -gest any reason why Dixon went be- -hind the fences. I believe the tools had been brought away previously. Dixon has a deneral Supervision over the whole of the Mine under ground.

Robert Dunsmuir

Taken before me at Wellington this 25tth day of April 1879

Rames R Spalding


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